Helen and Adrian, here is their story…

How we met:
We met online on a dating website. Not ashamed to say it as I know many people are. After numerous failed dates you soon wisen up and are a little bit more critical about who you message or reply back to. Adrian messaged me first. We chatted for a few weeks then it went quiet…Adrian went on holiday with his friend and we lost contact. A couple of weeks later, attracted by his new holiday profile picture, I messaged him again and the conversation was ignited. Adrian made numerous attempts to try and arrange for us to meet…I finally agreed to meet him after playing hard to get. We arranged to meet for a drink, it happened to be the day after my birthday – 10th October. As a gift, he bought me a love spoon which instantly impressed me. The date went well (despite the fact he turned up in a hoodie and trainers!) and we still laugh now at my inappropriate first date question ‘do you want to get married again?’ having known that he had previously been married. Thankfully he didn’t hesitate and here we are!

The proposal:
We made a joint decision that we wanted to get engaged. We agreed that we would go ring shopping together and then hide the ring away until Adrian felt it was the right moment. That way, I got the ring of my choice and he got to surprise me with it. Saturday 26th October 2013 – The day started with a spa day in a local hotel (not too unusual for us as we do enjoy spa days and had previously purchased a day spa pass to use the facilities). He then whisked me off to a hotel in Cheshire where the proposal took place in the beautiful gardens. We had a lovely meal in the hotel and drinks to celebrate. We spent the rest of the evening phoning everyone to let them all know the exciting news!

Wedding vision:
We visited many wedding locations – hotels, country houses, barns, large holiday lets and even discussed the possibility of doing it abroad. We finally decided on a local wedding and wanted a barn style venue. We visited Bodnant Welsh Food and was instantly attracted to it’s beautiful surroundings, rustic nature and modern barn. We fell in love with the venue’s relaxed setting and decided this was the one.

We loved the simplicity of the venue and the use of raw materials such as the wood, we decided to combine this into our wedding theme along with pretty pastels.

We wanted to be creative and personalise our wedding so we decided to swap formal suit hire for relaxed chinos and blazers, we decided on no formal seating plan and swapped the traditional wedding breakfast for afternoon tea as we are big afternoon tea lovers!!

We love our music and so much so we decided on having three forms of musical entertainment at the wedding – an acoustic singer to entertain at the ceremony and wedding breakfast, a pop/rock band to get the party started and a DJ to ensure everyone would be dancing right up until the end.

The band we booked ‘Big Business’, wasn’t just any random band, they were the first band we saw on our first weekend away in Llangollen together a couple of weeks after meeting. It was a huge relief when Adrian spoke with the lead singer 4 years later and the band agreed to do the gig.


Wedding suppliers:
Lunaflower Florists, Rhos on Sea
Rhiannon Pritchard, Make up artist, Llandudno
Jo Gendle Films, Videographer, Manchester
Dorothy Rose Bridal Boutique, Ellesmere Port
Bodnant Welsh food, Tal Y Cafn, Conwy